Congress deputy leader in Lok Sabha Capt Amarinder Singh on Tuesday accepted deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal’s challenge to hold a public rally at Bathinda.
“I wish you and your father also were in a position to accept my challenge and come out in public to check your popularity,” he taunted the deputy chief minister.
Amarinder said that by holding the rally the Badals had desperately tried to retrieve their lost confidence but had miserably failed. “You can fool people some of the time, but not all the time,” he told the Badals, adding that their bluff had been called and their countdown had started.
The former chief minister warned the father-son duo against their “fanatic and venomous anti-Congress” propaganda, which is “devoid of any reason or logic” and is aimed at only “vitiating the atmosphere”. “Don’t forget we can hit back faster and harder,” he warned Sukhbir and the senior Badal, adding, “Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones at others.”
“We will hold a public rally at the same venue and it will be bigger than yours, where people will come of their own and will not be imported from Haryana and Rajasthan. And of course, there will be no state sponsorship and any misuse of government machinery,” he told Sukhbir.
Amarinder said the rally only exposed the crisis of confidence the Badals were suffering from. “If anything has come out of the rally it was your shaken confidence which you are desperately trying to retrieve but have failed,” he told the Badals, adding, “In the heart of your hearts you both know that most people were forced to mark a reluctant attendance.”